Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments Nos. 42 to 45.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment (a) to the proposed new clause, at end add— ‘(2) The Secretary of State shall report annually to Parliament on the nature of these targets and the progress made towards their attainment.’.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: New clause 7—Polygraph condition— ‘(1) For the purposes of section [Release on license: polygraph condition] a polygraph condition is a condition which requires the released person to participate in polygraph sessions conducted with a view to— (a) monitoring his compliance with the other conditions of his licence; (b) improving...
Peter Atkinson: I look forward to getting my invitation.
Peter Atkinson: Order. A considerable number of hon. Members want to contribute to the debate and the wind-ups should start at about 10.30, so I ask hon. Members to be brief; otherwise some will not get to speak.
Peter Atkinson: Order. That is not a point of order.
Peter Atkinson: Order. We must move on.
Peter Atkinson: I understand that both hon. Members who wish to intervene must have the permission of the mover of the motion and the Minister. I will rely on them to leave the Minister enough time to respond.
Peter Atkinson: Before I call Dr. Ian Gibson, I ask hon. Members to bear it in mind that the winding-up speeches have to start at about 3.30 pm. I am sure that everyone will be able to speak if people keep their remarks reasonably brief.
Peter Atkinson: Order. Before the hon. Gentleman intervenes, I ask that interventions be short. The clock is ticking and if hon. Members want to contribute they will have to keep an eye on it.
Peter Atkinson: Order. Before I call Mr. Ian Taylor, may I remind hon. Members that there is just over a quarter of an hour left before the winding-up speeches start? If everybody wants to get in, they will have to ration their remarks considerably.
Peter Atkinson: Order. I remind hon. Members that we are talking about a fairly narrow subject: the proposed closure of Reddish South and Denton stations. I would be grateful if they could keep close to that brief.
Peter Atkinson: My hon. Friend has an advantage over the rest of us, in that we have not seen the letter from the Minister, so the nine month cut-off point after a given region has been switched over is news to us. There is no reference in the Bill to a nine-month period, so unless the sunset clause that my hon. Friend has tabled is accepted, there will be no obligation on the Government to end such provision.
Peter Atkinson: I come to the House in some ignorance because I was not lucky enough to be selected to serve on the Committee and have not seen the Minister's letters. As always with these debates, we are allowing the technical details to get in the way of some of the points of principle. The Minister reminded us that the Bill is about the disclosure of social security information. That is a serious and...
Peter Atkinson: I do not necessarily disagree, but new clause 3 is important because privacy—the issue of divulging confidential information to a large number of people—is vastly more important than the injustice that might be caused to a number of people who subsequently will have difficulty or who will not receive a small amount of help as a consequence of moving house. That is my point. Disclosure of...
Peter Atkinson: One of the things that strikes travellers when they arrive at Britain's regional airports, such as Newcastle, is often the complete absence of any immigration officer being visible in the arrivals lounge. Nowadays, with more and more direct flights even from countries outside the EU coming into regional airports, a proper border force would give people a great deal more confidence in the system.
Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken to ensure that planning authorities take into consideration the terms of the convention on landscape agreed by the Council of Europe in 2000.
Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he has taken to ensure that the terms of the convention on landscape agreed by the Council of Europe in 2000 are taken into account when determining applications for wind farms.
Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to improve the collection of rubbish off the trackside of the rail network.
Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will meet Mr. Victor Makarov, to discuss arrangements for his future security and well being in the UK.